The Week in Rap - Oct 5

The Debates Begin & 50 Years of Desegregation

Welcome to the month of October,
Flocab is the crew that came to rock for you.
With the news on deck, so here's what they told us,
Florida's having problems with registration of voters.
The Republican party’s looking into what the problem is,
Some say that there's statewide fraudulence.
The Supreme Court is back sitting on the bench,
And the weight of their issues is immense.
They've got human rights and affirmative action,
Same-sex marriage and voter rights.
What happened in Pennsylvania? Well a judge,
Stopped a voter ID law he won't budge
He's saying that the state's requiring an ID,
Doesn't leave enough time for everyone to be prepared.
In Syria they're getting scared,
'Cause the violence could spread to everywhere over there.
They're getting told by the UN,
That they need to find peace and bring it all to an end.
The presidential debate - did y’all tune in?
With a race like this you never know who will win.
A high school student was bullied in Michigan,
Voted the homecoming queen but keep listening.
Apparently they did it as a prank,
But she went anyway and made them all look stank.
50 years ago - let me think.
James Meredith the first African American
To attend the University of Mississippi
Peace signs in the sky to show respect with me.
Here's a scenario that really got sticky,
A peanut butter recall, but no not Jiffy.
See, the Sunland brand is damaged,
So for now I’mma stick to a jelly sandwich.

Registering to vote

Nathan Sproul runs several voter registration companies, and the Republican party has hired him to help register voters in 5 states. He claims that he has registered 500,000 people over the course of his career. But the legitimacy of these registrations is now under scrutiny. After questionable voter registration forms turned up in 10 counties, the Republican Party of Florida fired Sproul's company. Some of these forms listed people that were no longer living, and other forms were incomplete or illegible. Why do you think that parties hire people to register voters? Learn more.

The Supreme Court building

The Supreme Court began its new term this Monday. This year, the highest court in the land will make decisions on affirmative action, same-sex marriage and voting rights. On October 10, the court will begin hearing a case concerning affirmative action at the University of Texas. Affirmative action refers to policies that favors certain races, religions, ethnicities or other groups that have faced historical discrimination. The ruling on the upcoming case will determine whether the University of Texas will continue its affirmative action program. Do you think race, religion or ethnicity should be factors considered by college admissions staff? Learn more.

No ID required to get these great stickers!

Six months ago, the Pennsylvania legislature passed a law that required voters to show ID before casting a ballot. Since then, critics of the law have been fighting for its repeal, claiming that it would make it more difficult for young adults, minorities, the elderly, poor and disabled to vote. This week, Judge Robert Simpson blocked the law for the upcoming presidential election. Simpson was concerned that there was not enough time for all voters to get valid IDs before November 6. Do you think people should be required to have an ID to vote? Learn more.

A refugee camp on the Syria-Turkey border

Syria has been filled with violence over the last 18 months as rebels have fought to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. This week the violence crossed into Turkey, when a mortar attack killed five civilizans. In response, Turkey fired artillary back across the Syrian border. The international community is concerned that the situation will continue to escalate. Do you think that Turkey should fire back at Syria? Learn more.

President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney

Thursday night marked the first round of debates for the 2012 presidential elections. The focus was domestic policy, with President Obama and Mitt Romney sparring over economic policies, the role of government and even Big Bird. The next morning the consensus amongst the media was that Romney won the first debate. Next week will be the vice presidential debate, and Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan will square off on foreign and domestic policy. Were you watching the debate? Who do you think won? Learn more.

A typical Homecoming scene

16-year old Whitney Kropp was voted onto the homecoming court. But in a cruel twist, some of her classmates told her that they had voted for her as a joke. After hearing her story, local residents decided to take a stand against bullying and show their support for Kropp. Business owners donated her gown, shoes, hair styling and makeup, and attended the homecoming game to cheer her on. The community support gave Kropp the encouragement she needed to take her place on the homecoming court. If you were in Kropp's position, would you have had the courage to attend homecoming? Learn more.

James Meredith being escorted on campus

Monday, October 1 marked 50 years since James Meredith became the first African American to enroll at the University of Mississippi. The university, also known as Ole Miss, was an all-white school at the time. Though Meredith had the support of the federal government, the Mississippi government refused him the right to equal education on account of his race. As the campus swarmed with segregationists, U.S. Marshals escorted Meredith to register. This event was an important milestone in the fight for civil rights in the 1960s. How do you think James Meredith felt when he arrived on campus to register? Learn more.

A casualty of the recent peanut butter recall

Sunland Inc. is in a sticky situation. The peanut butter manufacturer recalled 101 of its products due to contamination. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the recalled peanut butter has been linked to 30 salmonella cases in 19 states but has caused no deaths. Grocery stores such as Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Target and Safeway recalled their Sunland products. How do you think large food manufacturers can maintain quality control? Learn more.
What state is having a problem with voter registration?
What part of the government just got back in session?
The Supreme Court
What kind of law did a Pennsylvania judge block?
Voter ID law
Which country did Syria fire into this week?
What important event in the presidential election process happened this week?
The first presidential debate
What state is the bullied homecoming queen from?
James Meredith was the first African American college student at which school?
University of Mississippi
What food item was recalled this week?
Peanut butter
OK, time for the BONUS round.
To answer these questions, you'll need to read the infoboxes.
What illness was being spread through contaminated peanut butter?
What was the focus of the first presidential debate?
Domestic policy
What other name is the University of Mississippi known by?
Ole Miss

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